The Victory of Light Over Darkness

“It’s like the great stories, Mr Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even the darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding onto something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

Tonight, we celebrated the greatest of those great stories. The dragon was slain. A great battle was won. The place was filled with angels in all their heavenly multitudes. And we were witness to the glorious truth that light is stronger than darkness, and that goodness will triumph over evil. Alleluia.



  1. Shows how otherwise occupied/tired I was – I never even noticed the angels and extra candles were there! Curiously enough those angels did cross my mind at one point, despite not having noticed them at all.

  2. Well, you were facing the other way and on sparrow duty, and were on the Puff the Magic Dragon side of the building besides.

  3. It is, I think, so so important never to lose sight of the ways of getting to the big issues. Because we need the help to take the battle into the mundane, the every-day.

  4. Disappointingly, I didn’t notice Puff either, despite having suggested to someone else in the choir that we should have asked G to improvise on it before the service… (Mind you, given when it occurred, and person to whom the suggestion was made, it’s entirely possible the idea was passed on)

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